University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota Libraries

Open Scholarship & Publishing Services
United States

Primary Contact:
Kate McCready
Director of Content Serivces

Program Overview

The Open Scholarship & Publishing Services unit is located within the new and growing Content Services Department. Content Services is comprised of two units: Interlibrary Loan, which provides support for and information about resource sharing; and Open Scholarship and Publishing Services, which integrates Copyright Information Services, Copyright Permissions Services, and Publishing Services. Publishing Services provides support for the creation, production, and dissemination of the University’s faculty- and instructor-produced digital scholarship. The Copyright Information Services provides education and consultation services on copyright, licensing, and other intellectual property issues for the campus community. Copyright Permissions Services handles the rights management work for content reuse by our faculty, staff, and students. The major objectives for the department are to conceptualize, implement, and promote sustainable services for content creation and publishing for scholarly and creative works for the campus community; integrate and anchor copyright services within the new department by maintaining and expanding current education, outreach, and consultation services; and, finally, anchoring and operationalizing scholarly communications activities within the department.

Year publishing activities began: 2006

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (2); paraprofessional staff (1)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (50); endowment income (25); library materials budget (25)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2016:

Library publications in 2016: campus-based faculty driven journals (7); textbooks (2); faculty conference papers and proceedings (2520); ETDs (4691)

Number of open access titles: journals (7)

Number of paid titles: journals (); monographs ()

Number of hybrid titles: journals (); monographs ()

Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data; concept maps, modeling, maps, or other visualizations

Disciplinary specialties:

Top publications:

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 50%

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty

External partners:

Publishing platform(s): bepress (Digital Commons); CONTENTdm; DSpace; Wordpress

Digital preservation strategy: CLOCKSS; DuraCloud; HathiTrust; Portico; digital preservation services under discussion

Additional services: outreach; training; notification of A&I sources; dataset management; author copyright advisory; digitization; hosting of supplemental content

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Although many publishing services have existed before, the establishment of the new department coalescing many existing services into a single unit while expanding other operations, most notably publishing services. In the future the department will grow to incorporate an existing university permissions center and more fully anchor open scholarship solutions.
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